One hundred tonnes of concrete were poured to create a new floor at the Newton’s Place museum and community hub project earlier this month.
The mammoth job was, amazingly, completed in little more than two hours thanks to an expert team from construction firm Pollard and their sub-contractors. No sooner had the grey snake-like material spewed from the giant pumping hose, it was raked and vibrated to achieve a level surface. It will now be covered with state-of-the-art insulation and an underfloor heating system to sit below the final finish.
The landmark stage has triggered a spurt of activity in the construction programme which will transform the old church in Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot, into a 21st century facility for the town and surrounding communities.
Site Manager Brian Gately said: "With the floor in we can start bringing in the steelwork and when that’s done work on the mezzanine floors and stairwells can begin. All the other sub-contract packages will now come together to start building the offices and other rooms, work on the structural glass will start, everything will tie in from here."
Stonemasons have also started work on the Victorian building’s exterior, ensuring that the centuries-old fabric is in fine fettle for the next hundred years and beyond. "We’re progressing very, very well, we’re on programme," said Mr Gately.
Newton’s Place Board Chairman Cllr Mike Ryan said: "This is real progress we’re seeing here now, it’s great news. What with this and the 3-D walk-through video we were shown by the designers the other day, the vision of Newton’s Place is rapidly becoming a reality. We’re on schedule, on budget and, to be honest, on cloud nine."
A short video of the concrete pour, already seen by thousands of people, can be viewed on the Newton’s Place Facebook page.